Volunteers are vital to Cittamani
“The moment you dedicate yourself to others you have space in your heart and mind.”
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Volunteers play an important role in Cittamani Hospice Service. Respite Volunteers work closely with our staff in providing caring support for individuals with terminal illness and their families. Volunteers also give administrative support in our office. This can be on a regular basis, or occasional as the need arises.
Cittamani’s respite volunteers provide in-home support and companionship to our clients and their carers. All volunteers accepted to become in-home respite volunteers are required to attend a 3 day training course which includes information about palliative care, the role of a volunteers within the team, self care, and practical skills.
Volunteers are between the age of 18 and 80, are in good general health, and have not experienced a major personal bereavement within the past 12 months. Applicants are requested to make a commitment to Cittamani Hospice for 12 months following completion of training
Courses are conducted every one to two years, and application forms are sent to interested people a few weeks prior to the course. After your application is received, you will be asked to attend a selection interview with two staff members.
How do I apply to become a Cittamani Hospice Service Volunteer?
Telephone: 5445 0822 to speak with Volunteer Coordinator Elli Pratt
Or write to:
Cittamani Hospice Service
PO Box 324
Palmwoods Qld 4555
What do our Volunteers do?
Client-care volunteers offer assistance by:
- Providing respite care which enables families to have time out for sleep, work, or just to take a break.
- Being available to talk, allowing people visited to express their feelings and concerns.
- Offering help with practical tasks, e.g. light housework, shopping.
The benefits are many. Your offer of time may be the deciding factor in enabling a family to keep their loved one at home where they can receive quality care in a familiar environment.
You will become part of a friendly, supportive team, increase your personal development and practical skills, and meet some memorable people.
What is involved in Volunteer Training?
You will be required to attend all sessions of a three day training course, which will include the following subjects:
- CHS Philosophy
- Understanding death and dying
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Spiritual issues
- Communication skills
- Situation skills
- Personal skills
- Home care and ethics
- Quality of life
- Risk management